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North Adams Seeks Funding to Overhaul Brayton Park

The project in its entirety is slated to cost $455,000 and the city is requesting $318,500, or 70 percent of the project, from PARC. The remaining 30 percent ($136,500) will come for the next round of Community Development Block Grant funds.

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Williamstown Select Board Asked to Appoint Trails Committee

Robert Hatton, who long has volunteered his time to trail maintenance and, in recent years, has recruited and trained other volunteers, told the board that the task needs a dedicated committee.

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Local Painting Business Spruces Up Renfrew Basketball Court

Loynes is a sponsor and coach with the Dana Labbee Summer Basketball League and wanted the court to be more presentable when the players arrived for the start of the season.

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Williamstown Group Fund-Raising to Renovate Park, Playground

Now those volunteers are revving up a fund-raising campaign to help maximize the park's potential and ensure recreational opportunities for youngsters for years to come.

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Pittsfield Adopts Policy For Commercial Use of Parks

The Parks Commission will welcome commercial enterprises onto city property. But, only if it "enhances the park." The commission has been weighing the levels in which commercial enterprises can operate on parkland since January. Then, Todd Fiorentino was looking to open a coffee kiosk, Poseidon Coffee.

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Pittsfield's Riverway Project Awarded $75K NEA Grant

The award was announced Wednesday by NEA Chairman Jane Chu. It is one of 60 awards totaling $4.1 million for projects across the nation.

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Williamstown Con Comm Rejects Using Park Land for Cell Tower

And that one unambiguous objection to the idea was all it took to send Verizon Wireless back to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which this winter suggested that the applicant explore the notion of siting their monopole tower on town-owned land.

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Dozen Pittsfield Projects Vie For Community Preservation Funds

A total of $823,026 was requested of the Community Preservation Act funds. But, the committee will only able to fund less than half of that. The committee will have somewhere between $370,000 and $390,000 for recreation and historic preservation projects.

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Pittsfield Hoping To Bring Softball Back To The Complex This Summer

The city is currently looking for somebody to run a softball league at the complex on East Street. Last summer, with proper notice, the lessee of the city-owned park backed out of the lease in the final year. The building, which served as a concession stand, and the fields have fallen into poor condition.

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North Adams Chooses Designer For Splash Park

Director of Community Development Larysa Bernstein updated the Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday about the new project at Noel Field Athletic Complex.

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After Winning State Grant, Pittsfield Starts to Re-envision Clapp Park

The new splash pad at Clapp Park is eyed to be located where the basketball court currently sits. The basketball court is eyed to move to the rear of the property. A new parking lot, and curbcut onto Route 20, will be built next to the splash bad. The bullpen will be moved. The playground will be renovated. The backstop will be moved back and the track will be repaired.

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Conceptual Plans For Pittsfield Dog Park Created, City Seeks Design Funding

The city will apply for grant funds to design a dog park next month. The Parks Commission gave its approval of a preliminary design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The plans call for two areas - one for small dogs and one for all dogs - with walking paths, mounds for dogs to run up and down, shade, decorative fire hydrants, shade, water fountains for the dogs, and a 21-car parking lot.

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Williamstown Zoning Board Demands Verizon Go to Conservation Commission

After 90 minutes of testimony in a public hearing continued from December, the ZBA voted unanimously to require the petitioner to make a formal request to the Con Comm, which has jurisdiction over the park, located across the Taconic Trail (Route 2) from site where Verizon seeks special permits to erect a 100-foot monopole tower.

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Newly Rebuilt and Renamed Porter Park Vandalized

It was just a few months ago when nearly 80 volunteers gave up their day to build a new playground at Porter Park. And this week, those volunteers discovered a few teenagers vandalized the park. When the snow melted earlier this week, volunteers who headed the Christopher Porter Memorial Park Fund and efforts to rebuild the park in honor of their late friend discovered the brand new picnic tabled had been flipped over and broken into pieces.

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Carr Hardware Delivers Check For Pittsfield Splash Pad Project

On Monday, Carr Hardware did what it said it would do - donate its recent prize winnings toward building a splash pad at Clapp Park. The local company has won the "Indie Award" as small business of the year from the business organization Independent We Stand. The prize includes $5,000 cash, which Carr Hardware opted to go toward a splash pad project in partnership with the city of the Rotary Club.

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Carr Hardware Wins Small Business Of The Year Award

Carr Hardware won the small business of the year award from Independent We Stand. And in turn, the splash park project for Clapp Park is a winner. Carr Hardware won the "Indie Award" from the business organization and the local company pledged to donate the $5,000 cash prize to Rotary's efforts to build a new splash park.

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Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project

The city is set to ask the Westside Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center on the west side. The City Council's Economic and Community Development Subcommittee is recommending that a petition from Valerie Hamilton to construct the new center on Dewey Avenue be sent to the initiative. Hamilton was asking for the city to use property currently eyed for a park.

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Pittsfield Allocates Funds to Build Shelter at Durant Park

The money to finalize the renovation of Durant Park has been secured. After a community effort to rename Pitt Park in honor of Willard and Rosemary Durant, those involved wanted to see a park that reflected what the two meant to the neighborhood.

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Pittsfield Asked to Re-ignite West Side Youth Center Talks

Hamilton remembers growing up on the West Side and spending time at the former Mason hall, which was a youth center. There were dances and classes and role models for youth like her to look up to. But, that building is now demolished. And with that, she felt her community rotted out, too. Hamilton said she is now afraid to drive down her own street.

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Clarksburg Looks to Add Peter Cook's Name to Veterans Field

The Select Board on Wednesday gave its blessing to add Peter A. Cook's name to Veterans Field. The VFW is named after Cook, a town resident killed in 1970 in Vietnam, and Denault said in the likelihood that the VFW will eventually shut down, they want to memorialize Cook.

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Pittsfield Wrapping Up Summer Recreation Programs, Looks to Fall

The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program. The program had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961 and was a youth football competition. In the spring the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its annual summit. Instead, the NFL is launching a flag football program in schools, ending its sanctioning Punt, Pass, and Kick program.

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Williamstown to Mark Margaret Lindley Park's 50th Anniversary

Margaret Lindley Park has been a destination for generations of area youngsters and anyone looking for a cool spot on a hot summer day. But there are still people who do not fully appreciate the little park near the junction of Routes 7 and 2 in South Williamstown.

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North Adams Parks Commission Advises River Street Shed Removal

The Parks & Recreation Commission is looking to do some clean up at River Street Park. Commissioners on Monday are recommending removing a trashy shed that's been attracting undesirable elements and placing one or more signs on Houghton Street cautioning drivers of the park.

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Pittsfield's Clapp Park Could Be Next To See Major Upgrades

Clapp Park could see a major upgrade in the coming years. The city has partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant to complete a major park renovation.

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Pittsfield Looking to Standardize Park Signage

The new sign for Durant Park will be the model for all park signs in the future. Parks and Open Space Manager Jim McGrath presented the design to the Parks Commission on Tuesday, showing a fairly basic sign with letter naming the park, the city's seal, and a note that it is overseen by the Parks Commission. McGrath said the signage replicates the standard signs at the city's conservation areas except with a green background instead of maroon.

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